There are a couple of music notation apps available for iPad currently. One of the main choices for anyone seriously looking for a great app has been Symphony Pro by Xenon Labs, LLC. This app has been out for a while now and has matured into a wonderful way to work. Now Xenon has released Symphony for iPhone (normally $4.99 and worth every penny of that!) BUT currently it is on a very short sale – it’s a good sale too – FREE!
Unfortunately, Xenon is breaking one of my cardinal rules of selling an app. They really have no web site showing off what the iPhone version is capable of currently. I am sure they are working on one but for now you have to read what is offered to you on the iTunes Store.
Let me highlight a few significant items for music educators:
- This app works with Music XML – that means you can start a score here and transfer it to another app like Symphony Pro on iPad, Notion on iPad or even Sibelius/Finale/Notion on desktop!
- This app will allow students to pull MIDI files off the internet and put them into notation files! This is a wonderful way to find transcriptions that others have done but are not available in sheet music yet.
- You can hook up an external device like a MIDI keyboard and speed up entry of notes!
- You can even record in real time!
- You have up to 15 instruments, 45 staves and 4 voices per stave at a time to work with!
- You can make staves invisible to view only what you want to view at any given time – as you can imagine, this would be very helpful on a smaller screen.
- There are chord, lyric and even annotation tools available
- After your students are done creating they can use AirPlay to play their masterpiece through AirPlay compatible speakers or an Apple TV (or the AirServer/Reflection apps) – Think about it – NO WIRES!
Can you tell I’m a bit excited about this? 🙂